By Liz Lopez – http://www.elinkstoday.com
The series premiere of Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy), will be this coming Thursday, January 7th on NBC at 10/9c.
The cast also includes Dayo Okeniyi (Terminator: Genisys, Hunger Games), Vincent Laresca (The Aviator, Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift), Hampton Fluker (Aquarius, The Blind Side) and Sarah Jeffery (Rogue, Wayward Pines). Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is a recurring guest star.
Harlee Santos (Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lieutenant Matt Wozniak (Liotta, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams), who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.
As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, she struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit’s patriarch, begins an all-consuming hint for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand of street justice under the FBI watch.
Creator and writer Adi Hasak (Generation Kill, 3 Days to Kill, From Paris with Love) serves as executive producer along with Jack Orman (Men of a Certain Age, ER, Pan Am), Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters, American Idol), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (The Boy Next Door, Extant, The Fosters), Benny Medina (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters, Maid in Manhattan), Ryan Seacrest (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset, American Idol) and Nina Wass (Mixology, Golden Girls).
Executive Producer/Director -Barry Levinson (The Humbling, Wag the Dog, Homicide: Life on the Street Rain Man, And Justice for All) directs episodes 101 and 102.
Shades of Blue is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.
For more information, visit www.nbc.com/shades-of-blue